Greco SV-800 semi-hollow, made in Japan 1979. This is as good as vintage Japanese 335-styles get, it's absolutely sublime. The SV series is slightly smaller than the sister SA series and a regular 335, although it's not quite as small as a 339. The body is made from some stunning white sycamore, which has a more complex grain structure than maple and really does look incredible. The sunburst finish has aged to perfection, and the flash inlays, aged binding and gold hardware have all mellowed to match, it's really quite something to behold. The slim 3-piece maple neck is perfectly made and feels amazing in the hands; this guitar is an absolute joy to play. The tone is rich, warm, full, responsive and delicate; equally at home playing jazz, blues, rock and more... it's one of those guitars that'll keep unfolding it's secrets for a few decades yet. This is quite simply a superb instrument, it's a perfect example of just how good a guitar can be.
Model: Greco SV-800 Super View
Made: 1979, Japan, Fujigen factory (serial G795633)
Finish: brown sunburst, black 4-ply guard, aged cream double binding
Body: white sycamore, maple centre block
Neck: 3-piece maple set neck, 43mm at nut
Pickups: original covered humbucker, 8.23k ohms (neck), 8.17k ohms (bridge)
Case: Yamaha branded wood hard case, good fit and good condition
Cosmetic condition notes: Minor finish wear. There's some minor chips/dings scratches on the end of the headstock, on the top horn and on the edge near the knobs, as well as a few dimples around the place. Gold hardware has corroded and discoloured but not rusted. Near the input is some minor cracks in the lacquer, nothing major to worry about. Overall: good condition (7/10).
Playing condition notes: Neck is straight, intonation is good, action is low, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Frets have some normal wear, around 6/10 for life left. Setup with fresh 11/48s. Beauty!
** quick note for the longtime Topshelfers: we sold this guitar once previously, it's landed back again in a trade, so you may have seen i here before. Pics are new. **